As I sit here typing a draft of this editorial on a crowded NYC subway, I can recall a simpler time when fighting for controllers was never an issue. This was a time when you’d be satisfied with “Wait until I get game over.” There was no such thing as LAN parties, no 4-port systems and no online capabilities. This was a time when we would count how many bits our system(s) was and how many our next one would be.
In spite, there are still some similarities now that still exist. We still love to play together with as many friends as possible and we still make a night out of it. We still think about the future systems and how they will impact our life (and salivate at pictures in magazines and websites). One thing is for certain, we love any type of co-op just as much as we like competition. Enter Gunstar Heroes – one of the most addictive co-op games to date. Venture with us to 1993, when Gunstar Heroes drove a couple of high school kids went crazy over fictitious guns and humorous surroundings.
Looks like more and more video games are trying to get on the big screen. No, I don’t mean the HDTV sets gamers are snapping up in anticipation of the 360 launch – we’re talking Hollywood here. Max Payne will be turned into a movie thanks to 20th Century Fox. If you don’t remember the story, or don’t know it, then this quick little re-cap will do:
The story, as THR reminds us, centers around a New York cop, Max Payne, whose wife and baby are murdered by criminals high on a new drug called Valkyr. Without much left to live for, Payne joins the DEA and goes undercover with the mob to discover the source of the drug. Framed by the murder of his partner, Max is hunted down by both the mob and the cops in his one-man war on crime.
No word yet on the exact date it will be released. Who do you think should play the lead role?
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Tom Clancy’s latest creation finally has an official name – Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter. The game will feature a new way to lead your team and will have advanced technology in all aspects of the equipment used. The game will be released this holiday season for every major console including the PC – sorry, no Mac version. Each version will offer something exclusive to that console – reminds me of Soul Calibur. Here’s a little snip of the background to the game:
The game is set in the year 2013 in Mexico City, which has been overthrown by an insurgence of rebels. The famed Ghosts must head into the capital to squash a rebellion and retake control of the metropolis. Gamers will lead their squad on missions to “save the president of the United States, recover stolen nuclear codes, and eliminate a vicious band of renegade soldiers hell-bent on unleashing catastrophe.”
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Playfeed is known for giving you the latest and greatest of gaming news. Today we launch Time Warp, looking back in time to bring you a game that you may have missed, or love to reminisce about. This week our game is NiGHTS; a unique game that has its fans screaming “sequel.” So come on in and venture with us and Sonic Team back to 1996, where the Sega Saturn (a long forgotten system) preceded an incoming onslaught of N64 and Playstation.
If you have yet to play God of War, Jesse took the game to task and came back extremely impressed. Take a listen to his quick audio impression of the game, recorded in a car of all places! Click below for the goods.
Voice: Jesse Easley
Duration and Size: 2:47, 1.4 MB
Listen | God of War Audio Review
Gamespot is reporting that Ninja Gaiden Black will hit stores in September for the low price of $29.99. Gamespot found this by doing a simple search of upcoming price lists on EBGames.com pointing to the price of the title. Gamespot not beliving the price to be correct, decide to make a call to Temco for confirmation if this price was right. Temco confirmed it was correct and also promised that it would not just be a cheap remake of the XBox classic Ninja Gaiden, but rather a full re-envisioning by Team Ninja with improved graphics and even more action then before. For those you who can not wait for Ninja Gaiden Black, you can buy Ninja Gaiden at a video game store near you - however, it will cost you $39.99.
Nintendo just released WarioWare Twisted! their latest sequel to WarioWare for Gameboy Advance. This is a totally slick collection of more insane and surreal mini-games but with a unique human-game interface. There was the original WarioWare game on Gameboy Advance then WarioWare Mega Party Games for Gamecube, next was WarioWare Touched! On Nintendo DS and now back to good old Gameboy Advance.
Mortal Kombat fans get ready because Midway is releasing yet another title of this huge franchise. This time is a little different, because now the game is played almost like the previously used “Konquest” mode. You experience the Mortal Kombat II world as either Liu Kang or Kung Lao. The characters will each have 10 different fatalities, weapons, interactive environments, and customizable characters. Jump down for some screenshots.
I’m a big fan of the comic and show Teen Titans and Majesco has brought them to the console world. Not much of the story has been revealed, but we know that the game includes more than 10 of the villains from the series including Slade, Cinderblock, Jinx, and more. You start off with the standard Titans team: Raven, Starfire, Cyborg, Beast Boy, and Robin, but you can also unlock at least 10 more characters. You can switch between which Titan you want to play as in real time, which is good because each Titan has unique abilities. There is a multi-player mode where you can either do Co-Op or up to 4 player versus. I haven’t gotten a chance to play the game yet, but from what we’ve seen it looks promising. Teen Titans will be on Xbox, PS2, and Gamecube and is scheduled for release early 2006.
The wait is almost over for your Xbox Grand Theft Auto fans. In a little over a month, GTA: San Andreas will be released on the Xbox in North America (June 7) and Europe (June 10). For those who waited for the Xbox release, expect some nice improvements. For starters, the game will support 480p progressive scan along with 16:9 widescreen (yes!). The other interesting addition is a 30-second instant replay feature. While cool, I don’t see many people using this more than a few times before writing it off as novelty. Also look for higher resolution textures, farther draw distance, and customizable soundtracks. For you PC gamers, you can expect the PC version of GTA:SA to drop on June 7 as well.
Read More | GTA:SA Product Page - Xbox
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